France 1747-C 2 sols
This coin, called a double sol aux 2 L couronnés, was an attempt by the government to displace all the low grade silver pieces circulating since the time of Louis XIII. It was theoretically equal to 24 deniers but was actually worth much less. Most survivors today are in poor condition. The type was struck 1738-64 and is recorded for the Caen mint ("C") for 1738-52. The mint closed in 1771. This specimen was lot 1476 in CGB sale 31 (Paris, June 2007).
Recorded mintage: 71,277 (priced about double the common date such as 1745-AA).
Specification: 2.18 g, .250 fine silver, 21-22 mm diameter, plain edge, designed by J.-C. Roéttiers.
Catalog reference: Dr/2 no. 595, Dr/4 no. 859.
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